Penguin Island
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Penguin Island

By Anatole France
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Anatole France (Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault; 1844-1924. Member of the Academie Francaise. Awarded the Nobel Price for Literature in 1921. Penguin Island (1908) has been called "the best social satire ever written" (Toni Ungerer). The story takes place in Antarctica, where a fictional penguin population mirrors the foibles of human beings. With the devil's help, a missionary arrives in Antartica and baptizes the local penguins. With God's help, he then turns them into human beings. As a result, the penguins must now try to figure out how to live together and create a civilization. They experience their own barbaric Ancient Times and Middle Ages, and in their efforts to create a modern age, they undergo social conflicts and devastating wars. Written in the spirit of rationalism and enlightenment, Penguin Island is a wickedly funny, incisive portrait of religious fanatacism.

Table of Contents
  • PENGUIN ISLAND
  • BOOK I. THE BEGINNINGS
  • I. LIFE OF SAINT MAEL
  • II. THE APOSTOLICAL VOCATION OF SAINT MAEL
  • III. THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT MAEL
  • IV. ST. MAEL'S NAVIGATION ON THE OCEAN OF ICE
  • V. THE BAPTISM OF THE PENGUINS
  • VI. AN ASSEMBLY IN PARADISE
  • VII. AN ASSEMBLY IN PARADISE (Continuation and End)
  • VIII. METAMORPHOSIS OF THE PENGUINS
  • BOOK II. THE ANCIENT TIMES
  • I. THE FIRST CLOTHES
  • II. THE FIRST CLOTHES (Continuation and End)
  • III. SETTING BOUNDS TO THE FIELDS AND THE ORIGIN OF PROPERTY
  • IV. THE FIRST ASSEMBLY OF THE ESTATES OF PENGUINIA
  • V. THE MARRIAGE OF KRAKEN AND ORBEROSIA
  • VI. THE DRAGON OF ALCA
  • VII. THE DRAGON OF ALCA (Continuation)
  • VIII. THE DRAGON OF ALCA (Continuation)
  • IX. THE DRAGON OF ALCA (Continuation)
  • X. THE DRAGON OF ALCA (Continuation)
  • XI. THE DRAGON OF ALCA (Continuation)
  • XII. THE DRAGON OF ALCA (Continuation)
  • XIII. THE DRAGON OF ALCA (Continuation and End)
  • BOOK III. THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE
  • I. BRIAN THE GOOD AND QUEEN GLAMORGAN
  • II. DRACO THE GREAT (Translation of the Relics of St. Orberosia)
  • III. QUEEN CRUCHA
  • IV. LETTERS: JOHANNES TALPA
  • V. THE ARTS: THE PRIMITIVES OF PENGUIN PAINTING
  • VI. MARBODIUS
  • VII. SIGNS IN THE MOON
  • BOOK IV. MODERN TIMES: TRINCO
  • I. MOTHER ROUQUIN
  • II. TRINCO
  • III. THE JOURNEY OF DOCTOR OBNUBILE
  • BOOK V. MODERN TIMES: CHATILLON
  • I. THE REVEREND FATHERS AGARIC AND CORNEMUSE
  • II. PRINCE CRUCHO
  • III. THE CABAL
  • IV. VISCOUNTESS OLIVE
  • V. THE PRINCE DES BOSCENOS
  • VI. THE EMIRAL'S FALL
  • VII. CONCLUSION
  • BOOK VI. MODERN TIMES.
    • THE AFFAIR OF THE EIGHTY THOUSAND TRUSSES OF HAY
  • I. GENERAL GREATAUK, DUKE OF SKULL
  • II. PYROT
  • III. COUNT DE MAUBEC DE LA DENTDULYNX
  • IV. COLOMBAN
  • V. THE REVEREND FATHERS AGARIC AND CORNEMUSE
  • VI. THE SEVEN HUNDRED PYROTISTS
  • VII. BIDAULT-COQUILLE AND MANIFLORE, THE SOCIALISTS
  • VIII. THE COLOMBAN TRIAL
  • IX. FATHER DOUILLARD
  • X. MR. JUSTICE CHAUSSEPIED
  • XI. CONCLUSION
  • BOOK VII. MODERN TIMES
  • I. MADAME CLARENCE'S DRAWING-ROOM
  • II. THE CHARITY OF ST. ORBEROSIA
  • III. HIPPOLYTE CERES
  • IV. A POLITICIAN'S MARRIAGE
  • V. THE VISIRE CABINET
  • VI. THE SOFA OF THE FAVOURITE
  • VII. THE FIRST CONSEQUENCES
  • VIII. FURTHER CONSEQUENCES
  • IX. THE FINAL CONSEQUENCES
  • BOOK VIII. FUTURE TIMES
    • THE ENDLESS HISTORY
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